Town Clerk's Office, Church Lane, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7AD

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Here are some contact details that may be of use to you:

UK Government https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Public Health Dorset

https://www.publichealthdorset.org.uk/your-health/protecting-your-health/coronavirus-information.aspx

Resident, Steve Richardson has provided the following link using Public Health England data:

https://arcg.is/1HOTPS

Dorset Council

Please click here for the Dorset Council’s dedicated webpage with their latest updates and advice on the coronavirus. Alternatively you can e-mail communityresponse@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk or telephone 01305 221000.

If you don’t have family, friends or a support network that can help you get the things you need, you can call the Dorset Council to get specific help and advice.

Blandford Forum Town Council

Telephone: 01258 454500

Email: admin@blandfordforum-tc.gov.uk

We will endeavour to help you or can signpost you to the service you need. The office is open to the public Monday to Friday 9:30am to 12:30pm.

In preparation for the Autumn/Winter, the Town Council will be distributing newsletters to every property with useful contact details on for residents with regards to community support and the ongoing pandemic.

The Town Council has postponed its events until further notice and is holding its meetings online. Please visit the meetings page for agendas and minutes and to find out how to join a meeting online.

All hirers cancelling their sessions/events were/are offered a full refund. The Town Council has resolved not to impose its booking conditions in this unprecedented situation in order to lessen the impact on the small businesses and organisations that use council venues.

The four sports clubs in the town were given rent relief for the period April to June and 50% relief for July to September.

Our facilities are now reopen, which include the play areas, skate park, public toilets, venues for hire and the indoor, Shambles and outdoor markets.

If you would like to see the Town Council’s risk assessments for reopening facilities at this time, please contact us.

Age UK (North, South and West Dorset)

Age UK are coordinating requests for help with issues relating to loneliness and isolation, or support in accessing items such as food, cash or medication. To request help email: enquiries@ageuknswd.org.uk or call 01305 269444. Each request will be individually assessed and categorised according to the individual’s level of need.

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Blandford Forum COVID-19 Volunteer Community Helpline

Telephone: 01258 452361 Monday to Saturday 10am – 2pm

Supporting people who are unable to collect prescriptions and help co-ordinating prescription deliveries. The pharmacy contact numbers are: Boots on Salisbury Street 01258 452824 and East Street 01258 452619.

Blandford – Covid19 Community Help Facebook Group and website:

https://www.blandfordc19community.com/

Join this group for queries/discussions and visit the website for useful, local  information including shop opening times, priority slots, opening times for pharmacies, banks, post offices, businesses, etc.

Citizens Advice Central Dorset

Telephone: 03444 111 444

Email: advice-nd@centralca.org.uk

Blandford Parish Church

Email: help@bfpc.org.uk

Dorset Police

https://www.dorset.police.uk/coronavirus/

A message from the Mayor of Blandford Forum, Cllr Lynn Lindsay on 27th March 2020.

A video of this has been posted on Facebook and Instagram.

My name is Lynn Lindsay. I am a Town Councillor and the Mayor of Blandford Forum.

I am born and bred Blandford and love living here but never before have I been so proud of this town and what it has achieved in such a short space of time under immense pressure.

And the clapping being heard throughout our town last night, in support and appreciation of the NHS, was incredibly moving. Well done Blandford.

Over the last few weeks I have seen pharmacists and staff in the chemist, supermarket and shop workers, and delivery drivers pushed to their limits working so hard to keep Blandford catered for.

We are frustrated with queues to get medicines but we understand the pressure chemists are under and that they are dealing with anxious and sometimes upset members of the public when they too are worried.

Our wonderful cafes, restaurants and retailers in this town have been through a very difficult period which eventually resulted in many closures and I am sure, like me, you cannot wait until you can give them your custom once more.

Like many, I am having to self-isolate due to an underlying condition and I am so impressed with the number of people who are volunteering to support their local community. Those who are in a position to do so, really are going above and beyond for those who are vulnerable at this unprecedented time. In some cases, it is shopping, picking up medication or just having a chat and being kind.

I admire the teachers in the local schools who are dealing with such extraordinary times, and the work they had to put together quickly for their pupils, and I feel for the students who had been working so hard towards their exams this year. I urge parents not to put yourselves under pressure to stick to schedules at home when you may also be trying to work from home and enjoy the extra family time you now have.

So many people, who are able, are continuing to carry out their duties for the benefit of the town including our doctors surgeries and their staff, emergency services, post office and council workers.

My heart goes out to those with the uncertainty of their businesses and employment.

The carers who have continued to put their patients first should be praised.

Our beloved NHS, and its dedicated staff, is what we really need to protect, in order to save lives.

We have all been affected by this situation and we can all do something about it:

Stay at home!
• Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
• Stay 2 metres away from other people
• Wash your hands as soon as you get home
You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

Obviously we have had to postpone our VE Day celebrations for 8th May and hope to combine them with the VJ Day events in August but, whenever these do take place – Blandford – we will certainly be having an over-arching celebration of VC Day – Victory over Coronavirus!

Please take care of yourselves, and others.

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